Felipe Piquero > Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos
AV CALLE 72 NO 6-30
PISO 12
BOGOTÁ
Colombia

Work Department

Public Law, Dispute Resolution and Projects

Position

Partner of Public Law, Dispute Resolution and Projects practice areas

Career

Since 1987 he has been dedicated to professional practice, mainly in consulting and litigation (arbitration and judicial proceedings) in matters related to public contracts, State domestic and international responsibility and Human Rights Law.

He represented the Colombian Government in the Caballero Delgado (reparation phase), Las Palmeras and Ituango Massacres cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He has also served as expert witness before the same Court.

MR. Piquero was Minister Counselor to the Colombian Embassy to the United States and General Director for Special Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bogotá. During 1995 and 1996 he was legal advisor in the offices of the Minister of National Defense and the First Delegate Procurator to the Council of State.

He has been law professor in administrative procedural law and public contracts at undergraduate and post-graduate programs at the Universidad Javeriana, and professor for international State responsibility at Universidad de los Andes. He was also Editor of the Public Law Magazine at Universidad de los Andes and Director for the Specialization in Administrative Law at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

Languages

Spanish and English

Education

Attorney graduated from Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, with a Masters Degree in Law (LL.M.) from Konstanz University (Germany).

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Corporate and M&A

Competition and public law specialists Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos‘ corporate and M&A area fields four expert partners and is best known for providing specialist tailored advice. Practice head Juan Pablo González, a financial and capital markets specialist is the key practitioner, and the team was further strengthened with the hire of Andrés Parias as corporate and M&A director; a former legal director of the Agricultural Sector Finance Fund (Finagro), he joined from the Superintendence of Securities, where he was a deputy. Fellow co-heads Alfonso Miranda, Felipe Piquero and Andrés Jaramillo are all highly reputed in their specialist areas of competition, litigation and antitrust.

Colombia > Public law

(Leading individuals)

Felipe PiqueroEsguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Regulatory law powerhouse Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos is widely recognised as a go-to firm for public law issues, both for consultancy and, particularly, for contentious matters due to the unrivalled expertise in complex litigation of the team’s lead partners. Both Juan Carlos Esguerra and Felipe Piquero enjoy great standing among peers and clients alike. The pair co-direct a team sharply focused on administrative law, economic regulation and constitutional law, and which remains a popular choice for domestic and multinational companies, as well as public entities, seeking support on high-stakes matters with a public aspect, such as public procurement and tender processes. A recent case in point saw the team accompany Siemens Mobility during the bidding process for the selection of the contractor to carry out the works for Bogotá’s metro project. Associate director of the public law practice Adriana Nieto advises clients on administrative and constitutional law matters and also has expertise in anti-corruption matters.

 

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Litigation

(Leading individuals)

Felipe PiqueroEsguerra Asesores Jurídicos

Highly sought after for its deep expertise in both private and public law disputes, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos brings to bear an impressive track record in contentious administrative, constitutional and public law matters. The 13-strong practice is a favoured choice for all-type of contentious matters, from corporate and financial disputes and fiscal liability matters, to challenges to administrative acts, as well as litigation in relation to environmental permits for extractive and construction activities. Founding partner Juan Carlos Esguerra, who has an extended trajectory both in litigation and arbitration that also includes senior public roles. He co-leads the area with Felipe Piquero, who litigates on public procurement and domestic and international state-responsibility matters; and Andrés Jaramillo who focuses primarily on cases related to unfair trade, anticompetitive practices and commercial issues. Director of the public law practice Adriana Nieto, and associate director of litigation Andrés Felipe Cadena are also key practice members.

Colombia > Dispute resolution > Arbitration

Distinguished by its regulatory and public law knowledge, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos‘ arbitration practice is heavily slanted towards administrative and constitutional law matters relating to public contracts and infrastructure. Three expert partners head the 13-strong practice; Juan Carlos Esguerra is experienced both as counsel and arbitrator in national and international proceedings. Felipe Piquero acts in cases related to public procurement, domestic and international state-responsibility, and human rights law. Acting in several of Colombia’s arbitration centres, Andrés Jaramillo focuses on commercial and administrative contractual matters, and also has niche expertise in port-related issues. However, key associate, practice director María Cristina Martínez, left the firm in July 2020.

Colombia > Projects

A leader in regulation and public law, Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos advises on the structuring and bidding process of construction projects, in particular those relating to the airport and urban infrastructure segment, as well as software and technology projects. The practice also has a strong record in handling associated contractual disputes. Co-heading the public law practice, Felipe Piquero, who is very active in arbitration of airport concession cases, and Juan Pablo González, who focuses on project finance, co-lead a now eight-strong team following the departure of transport regulation specialist José Vicente Guzmán to found Guzmán Escobar & Asociados. Among other highlights, the firm acted as advisor to the Colombian Infrastructure Equity Fund on the process of analysis, evaluation and acquisition of the concession company Aeropuertos de Oriente. Director of the public law practice Adriana Nieto is also a key member of the group.